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How-to : Microsoft App-V Infrastructure Deployment

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For testing purposes I deployed Microsoft AppV infrastructure.

 

Systems presented on diagram above:

  • Core-DC-01 – Domain Controller – deployed prior to AppV installation
  • Core-SQL-01 – SQL Server – deployed prior to AppV installation
  • AppV-SRV-01 – AppV Management Server
  • AppV-WKS-01 – AppV Sequencer Workstation

Installation process for systems listed above below.

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Tips & Tricks : BitLocker requires recovery key when USB device connected at startup

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Sometimes when you start machine with BitLocker enabled and same time some storage device was connected to USB port, BitLocker might request Recovery Key. This happens because USB ports is listed on boot device search list. To avoid this type of event best idea is to remove USB from boot search list. However, changing list of boot devices might also trigger BitLocker.

How to deal with this type of situation? Follow steps below:

  1. Suspend BitLocker  Рcommand: manage-bde -protectors -disable c:
  2. Reboot machine
  3. Go to BIOS and remove all USB devices from available boot devices list
  4. Boot up to Windows
  5. Resume BitLocker – command: manage-bde -protectors -enable c:
NOTE: All above commands have to be issues from Command Prompt with elevated privileges.

After that no more issues with BitLocker during startup when USB storage devices are connected.

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How-To : Enable BitLocker PIN on computer in workgroup

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If you have machine which is not connected to domain, but has TPM chip you might want to encrypt disks with BitLocker and enable PIN protection at boot-up.

In order to do that you have to make sure TPM is activated and enabled for provisioning in BIOS. Next step will be to allow PIN use, as by default that option is not active especially on machines not connected to Active Directory domain.

So, to enable ability to set PIN follow the steps:

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Tips & Tricks : How to add .NET Framework 3.51 to Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012

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Unfortunately there is a problem when you try to add .Net Framework 3.51 to Windows Server 2012 using Server Manager. In order to fix that issue and get .Net Framework 3.51 installed (which is required by majority of applications and servers) issue following command from Command Prompt:

dism /online /enable-feature /all /featurename:NetFX3 /source:x:\sources\sxs

Please notice that x: in source parameter has to be replaced with appropriate drive letter for DVD with Windows Server 2012 installation files.

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Tips & Tricks : HP TouchSmart tm2t, Windows 8 and Switchable Graphics

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Recently I came up with idea to upgrade operating system on my HP TouchSmart tm2t to Windows 8. In general there was no major issues except one. As this computer has two graphics adapters (Intel for low performance when operate on battery, AMD/ATI for better performance when operate on mains) there was small issue with configuring Switchable Graphics option.

After installation computer was operating only on low performance Intel card and thre was no possibility to switch to AMD/ATI. Here is what I’ve done ot make it work:

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